Steve Reed gave our first professional demo of the year, his very interesting talk and demo was quite a change from any of our previous demos as his subject was on the ancient art of turning on a pole lathe.
Steve arrived some time before his demo was due to start, this allowed him, his wife and several club members sufficient time unload his car, carry his turning equipment into the workshop and set it all up prior the demo start time of 17:30.
The first part of the demo covered starting with a freshly sawn log, with as few knots as possible, splitting it into 4 length ways and then doing basic shaping of it with various hand tools. The roughly rounded "blank" was then transferred to the lathe were Steve proceeded to fashion out a chair leg. As well talking us though the various stages of his turning demo Steve also told us about the various forms the pole lathe can take, he also described (with an example and photos) how bowls could be turned on a pole lathe.
After a short break Steve, in true Blue Peter fashion i.e. "here's one I started earlier", showed how a pole lathe could be used to produce something very much more delicate than chair legs. Here he finished the turning process on a part turned "blank" to make a spinging top toy, similar to ones childern would have played with in times long ago. Members wishing to try something similar should refer to link.
The club thanks Wightlink for sponsoring Steve's trip to the island to give this demonstration.